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2008 "Best of the Best" at the ALA

University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries: The Best of the Best from the University Presses
2008 American Library Association Annual Conference
Anaheim, CA
June 29, 2008

The "Best of the Best" program is presented annually at the Summer ALA; University presses represent an often-undiscovered gold mine of resources for school and public libraries. Public and secondary school librarians who served on the 2006-07 selection committees will introduce recent titles they've found to be "the best" for a variety of reasons. Copies of the presented books will be raffled to those in attendance. Read the press release.

Go to the 2008 Online Edition of UP Books for Public Secondary School Libraries

Titles were selected and will be presented by the following members of the 2008 University Press Books Committee:

Hilary Albert, Mahopac Public Library, Mahopac, NY
Christina Maria Beaird, Plainfield Public Libraries, Plainfield, IL
Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School Library, Newport News, VA
Paul J. Gregorio, Portland Community College, Portland, ME
Janet Hilbun, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

Featured Titles

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PRESS

The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry
by Francisco Aragon, editor

BEACON PRESS

Once in a Promised Land: A Novel
by Laila Halaby

Without a Map: A Memoir
by Meredith Hall

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves
by Kevin Bales

Christmas: A Candid History
by Bruce David Forbes

They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust
by Meyer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

Chicago under Glass: Early Photographs from the Chicago Daily News
by Mark Jacob and Richard Cahan

DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants
by Kathleen M. Barry

HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Stealing Lincoln's Body
by Thomas J. Craughwell

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KANSAS

Mamie Doud Eisenhower: The General's First Lady
by Marilyn Irvin Holt

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS PRESS

The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II
by John B. E. Allen

Hungry Hill: A Memoir
by Carole O'Malley Gaunt

MCGILL-QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY PRESS

After Auschwitz: One Man's Story
by Hermann Gruenwald

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS

Buffalo Nation: American Indian Efforts to Restore the Bison
by Ken Zontek

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS

Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President
by Jill Norgren

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS

Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America
by Jeff Wiltse

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS PRESS

Risk, Courage, and Women: Contemporary Voices in Prose and Poetry
by Karen A. Waldron, et al.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Sylph: A Novel
by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS

Producing Fashion: Commerce, Culture, and Consumers
by Regina Lee Blaszczyk

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara
by Linda Janet Holmes and Cheryl A. Wall, editors

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS

Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder
by Max Sherman

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA PRESS

Thomas Jefferson: Draftsman of a Nation
by Natalie S. Bober

THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS

The Plays of Josefina Niggli: Recovered Landmarks of Latino Literature
by Josefina Niggli

YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games
by Tennent H. Bagley